Work toward Becoming a Registered Play Therapist

Services for Licensed Professionals, interns and graduate students

UPCOMING INTENSIVE TRAININGS

San Francisco area

Trainings & Groups have a limited number of slots and take place in Karen's well equipped playroom and sandtray office. All trainings are experiential.

All trainings provide CEs for mental health professionals. Training are co-sponsored by Sierra Institute for Gestalt Therapy and approved by the American Psychological Association for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, LPCs. APA is approved by California Board of Behavioral Science to provide CEs.

Provider for Association for Play Therapy-APT approved provider 09-241.

Child Centered Play Therapy Intensive
March 11 & 12, 2017 MORE INFO

Gestalt Therapy Approach to Sandtray
March 24, 2017  MORE INFO

Spark It Up: Intensive Play Therapy Retreat Huntingdon Beach, CA
April 20-22, 2017 www.trainingplaytherapy.com/retreat/

The Here and Now of Sandtray Therapy
June 3 & 4, 2017 MORE INFO

Child Centered Play Therapy Intensive
October 21 & 22, 2017  MORE INFO

Intensive Filial Therapy Training
June 22-25, 2017 MORE INFO

SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION SERVICES

  • Individual supervision and consultation on site or off site
  • Sandtray Consultation Group (CE & APT credit available)
  • Bi-weekly Supervision and Consultation group for licensed therapists and interns ASWs, MFTIs or PCs

ADDITIONAL PLAY THERAPY TRAINING PROGRAM

Connecting to Play Therapy offers play therapy training to mental health professionals, interns and graduate students in the San Francisco Area.  

All trainings provide CEs for mental health professionals. Training are co-sponsored by Sierra Institute for Gestalt Therapy and approved by the American Psychological Association for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, LPCs. APA is approved by California Board of Behavioral Science to provide CEs.

Provider for Association for Play Therapy-APT approved provider 09-241.

East coast and West coast locations

Karen and Wendy met in 1986 during their postgraduate trainings, which included a three-year program in Gestalt therapy and extensive trainings in play therapy, Sandtray and Filial Therapy. Both share a love for providing trainings that utilize play, humor, positive feedback as well as skill building. They are both Registered Play Therapist Supervisors (RPT-S) and Certified Filial Therapist Trainers. Wendy and Karen have specialized training in Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, and Sandtray Therapy.

Small Group Intensive Trainings

Highly skilled in play therapy and in sandtray, Karen and Wendy specialize in offering experiential small group trainings in Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy (including the 27 hour, 4 day Intensive Filial Therapy Training*) and sandtray. The small group trainings offer practice opportunities, role-plays and personalized feedback. These trainings focus on both recognizing strengths and skill building. Comments from trainees like this one are common: “The experiential work though challenging was great. It felt safe to try (new ways of working)…”

Intensive trainings include:

  • Intensive workshop in Child Centered Play Therapy
  • Intensive Filial Therapy Training * Co-sponsored by Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center.
  • Filial Parenting Program
  • The Here and Now of Sandtray Therapy: Sandtray Used in Play Therapy with People of All Ages

Workshops

Additionally, trainings are offered for larger groups. These workshops also include an experiential component and are flexible depending on the needs of the participants.

Workshop topics include:

  • Introduction to play therapy
  • Introduction to Filial Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy
  • Treatment of child abuse including sexual abuse
  • Trauma and attachment
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Introduction to Sandtray Therapy for adults, adolescents and children

Wendy and Karen have provided trainings and consultation to agencies such as Philadelphia Department of Human Services, foster care and adoption agencies, mental health agencies and schools. They have also presented nationally at professional conferences.

Consultation Groups

Karen and Wendy have developed specialized consultation groups

“The Here and Now of Sandtray Therapy”-Training & Consultation Group

Sandtray therapy is a process-oriented experience, which activates the senses, emotions, creativity, and intellect. The sandtray therapy process creates a place where expression of needs and wants is not dependent upon words.

Using a container of sand and a world composed of miniatures, the client creates a picture in the sand, which comes from different dimensions of consciousness. The therapist and client are co- explorers of this world.

Consultation and Supervision

Karen and Wendy provide individual supervision and consultation to professionals interested in increasing their play therapy, sandtray and clinical skills. Participants are encouraged to obtain the credential of Registered Play Therapist. Supervision and consultation may be provided face to face or by telephone for professionals who are out of our area.

Karen provides in person supervision to pre-licensed Marriage and Family Interns and Associate Clinical Social Workers in Northern California.